Graham E. Fuller

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Graham E. Fuller "is currently a resident senior political consultant at RAND Corporation in Washington, DC, and is a former Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at CIA.

"Mr. Fuller received his BA and MA at Harvard University in Russian and Middle Eastern studies. He served 20 years in the Foreign Service, mostly the Muslim World, working in Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, North Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong, for nearly 17 years of overseas experience. In 1982 he was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia at CIA, and in 1986 Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at CIA, with overall responsibility for all national level strategic forecasting.

"In 1988 Mr. Fuller left government and joined the RAND Corporation where his primary work has been on the Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and ethnic problems of the former Soviet Union. His studies for RAND include a provocative 1991 study on the geopolitical implications of the Palestinian "Intifada"; a series of studies on Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Algeria; the survivability of Iraq; the "New Geopolitics of Central Asia" after the fall of the USSR; and problems of democratization and Islam. He is author of the following books: The Center of the Universe: the Geopolitics of Iran, Westview, 1991; The Democracy Trap: Perils of the Post-Cold War World, Dutton, 1992; The New Foreign Policy of Turkey: From the Balkans to Western China, (with Ian Lesser), Westview, 1993; A Sense of Siege: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West, (with Ian Lesser), Westview, 1994; Turkey’s Kurdish Question (with Henri Barkey), Rowman and Littlefield, 1997; The Arab Shi’a: the Forgotten Muslims (with Rend Francke), St. Martin’s, 1999; and is finishing a book The Future of Political Islam.

"The Fate of the Kurds," spring 1993; and "Persian Gulf Myths,” May 1997, all for Foreign Affairs. Also, "The Breaking of Nations," The National Interest, Winter 1991/92; "The Next Ideology," Foreign Policy, 1994; "Redrawing the World’s Borders," World Policy Journal, Spring 1997; and other articles for Orbis, Current History, Middle East Insight, The Middle East Journal, Mediterranean Quarterly.

"Mr. Fuller is a regular op-ed contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor. He has appeared frequently on ABC’s "Nightline," ABC Evening News, CNN, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Fox Television News; and comments regularly for BBC radio, Voice of America and other news stations. He has an extensive knowledge of foreign languages including Russian, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese, and is the author of the popular book How to Learn a Foreign Language.“ [1]

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